Music

Course Descriptions

  • All courses listed fulfill Fine Arts requirements

    Introduction to the Fine Arts
    Course #: HS0760
    Grade: 9-12
    Credits: .5 Unit
    Credit Type: Fine Art

    Students will survey the Principles and Elements of Visual Art, Theatre, and Vocal Music. This course will be comprised of three 6-week rotations between the Fine Arts disciplines. Students will understand the building blocks of each discipline and how they relate to one another.


    Freshman Band/Concert Band
    (BSHS Only)
    Course #: BS0810
    Grade: 9
    Credits: 1 Unit
    Credit Type: Fine Art
    Prerequisite: 2 years of band or audition

    This band is co-curricular (in school and outside of school activities) and is open to students with a minimum of two years prior band class experience. All students must audition for specific band placement. Band members are required to participate in marching band and pep band activities beyond the normal school day. Students should plan to attend the three-week summer music enrichment class. Students may become members of extracurricular bands and ensembles such as Jazz Band, Pit Orchestra, All District, All State, Solo and Ensemble contests or other special groups after auditions and/or the director’s recommendation. Students may not audition for any group without the recommendation of the band director. Students are required to be at all performances and rehearsals (including but not limited to the following: home football games, contests, special events, and before/after school rehearsals). Grades will be based on playing and written exams, daily participation, after/before school rehearsals, and all performances.

    Freshmen may be transported by bus to BSHS for this course.


    Freshman Band/Concert Band
    (BSSHS Only)
    Course #: BSS0811
    Grade: 9
    Credits: 1 Unit
    Credit Type: Fine Art
    Prerequisite: 2 years of band or audition

    This band is co-curricular (in school and outside of school activities) and is open to students with a minimum of two years prior band class experience. All students must audition for specific band placement. Band members are required to participate in marching band and pep band activities beyond the normal school day. Students should plan to attend the three-week summer music enrichment class. Students may become members of extracurricular bands and ensembles such as Jazz Band, Pit Orchestra, All District, All State, Solo and Ensemble contests or other special groups after auditions and/or the director’s recommendation. Students may not audition for any group without the recommendation of the band director. Students are required to be at all performances and rehearsals (including but not limited to the following: home football games, contests, special events, and before/after school rehearsals). Grades will be based on playing and written exams, daily participation, after/before school rehearsals, and all performances.

    Freshmen may be transported by bus to BSSHS for this course.


    Freshman Choir Men's
    (BSHS only)
    Course #: HS0819
    Grade: 9
    Credits: 1 Unit
    Credit Type: Fine Art
    Prerequisite: Students wishing to participate in this ensemble must be recommended by their 8th grade choir instructor or have permission to enroll from teacher of said choral ensemble/audition

    This is a class for music students interested in continuing their vocal and choral music progress. Emphasis will be on choral works of three and four parts in men’s choral literature and will be combined with the Concert Choir (Women’s) to perform works written specifically for the combined gender groupings of three and four part harmonies. The study of techniques, terms and theory will be emphasized. A wide variety of music and styles will be studied and performed. Required rehearsals and concert participation outside of school is included in the student’s grade.


    Freshman Choir Men's
    (BSSHS only)
    Course #: HS0821
    Grade: 9
    Credits: 1 Unit
    Credit Type: Fine Art
    Prerequisite: Students wishing to participate in this ensemble must be recommended by their 8th grade choir instructor or have permission to enroll from teacher of said choral ensemble/audition

    This is a class for music students interested in continuing their vocal and choral music progress. Emphasis will be on choral works of three and four parts in men’s choral literature and will be combined with the Concert Choir (Women’s) to perform works written specifically for the combined gender groupings of three and four part harmonies. The study of techniques, terms and theory will be emphasized. A wide variety of music and styles will be studied and performed. Required rehearsals and concert participation outside of school is included in the student’s grade.


    Freshman Choir Women's
    (BSHS only)
    Course #: HS0825
    Grade: 9
    Credits: 1 Unit
    Credit Type: Fine Art
    Prerequisite: Students wishing to participate in this ensemble must be recommended by their 8th grade choir instructor or have permission to enroll from teacher of said choral ensemble/audition

    This is a class for music students interested in continuing their vocal and choral music progress. Emphasis will be on choral works of three and four parts in women’s choral literature and will be combined with the Concert Choir (Men’s) to perform works written specifically for the combined gender groupings of three and four part harmonies. The study of techniques, terms, and theory will be emphasized. A wide variety of music and styles will be studied and performed. Required rehearsals and concert participation outside of school is included in the student’s grade.


    Freshman Choir Women's
    (BSSHS only)
    Course #: HS0826
    Grade: 9
    Credits: 1 Unit
    Credit Type: Fine Art
    Prerequisite: Students wishing to participate in this ensemble must be recommended by their 8th grade choir instructor or have permission to enroll from teacher of said choral ensemble/audition

    This is a class for music students interested in continuing their vocal and choral music progress. Emphasis will be on choral works of three and four parts in women’s choral literature and will be combined with the Concert Choir (Men’s) to perform works written specifically for the combined gender groupings of three and four part harmonies. The study of techniques, terms, and theory will be emphasized. A wide variety of music and styles will be studied and performed. Required rehearsals and concert participation outside of school is included in the student’s grade.


    Campus Choir
    Course #: HS0816
    Grade: 9-12
    Credits: .5 Unit
    Credit Type: Fine Art

    This is a non-auditioned, non-performing class for students with limited choral music background. Attention will be placed on learning fundamental skills, history, theory, terms, and vocal techniques.


    Orchestra**
    (BSHS only)
    Course #: BS0814
    Grade: 9-12
    Credits: 1 Unit
    Credit Type: Fine Art
    Dual Credit: Seniors have the opportunity to earn 1 college credit each semester if they meet MCC guidelines and pay the MCC fee the first semester of school (MCC MUSI 105 Orchestra for first semester (1 credit) and MCC MUSI 106 Orchestra II for second semester (1 credit). A senior student taking the 2 dual credit classes will earn 1 honor point at the end of the 2nd semester. If you are a senior wanting to take orchestra for dual credit, please use course #0841
    Prerequisite: 1 year of orchestra experience/audition

    This performance group is open to those students with the ability to play an orchestral string instrument. If the student has not played in a school orchestra for one year, an audition is required. Activities include performances on and off campus, contests, and annual concerts. Students wishing to audition for the All District/All State orchestra must be enrolled in Orchestra during the school day. Students may not audition for any group without the recommendation of the teacher of said school ensemble. All freshmen will be enrolled in the 7th hour section.

    Freshmen may be transported by bus to BSHS for this course.


    Orchestra**
    (BSSHS only)
    Course #: BSS0815
    Grade: 9-12
    Credits: 1 Unit
    Credit Type: Fine Art
    Dual Credit: 
    Seniors have the opportunity to earn 1 college credit each semester if they meet MCC guidelines and pay the MCC fee the first semester of school (MCC MUSI 105 Orchestra for first semester (1 credit) and MCC MUSI 106 Orchestra II for second semester (1 credit). A senior student taking the 2 dual credit classes will earn 1 honor point at the end of the 2nd semester. If you are a senior wanting to take orchestra for dual credit, please use course #0841
    Prerequisite: 1 year of orchestra experience/audition

    This performance group is open to those students with the ability to play an orchestral string instrument. If the student has not played in a school orchestra for one year, an audition is required. Activities include performances on and off campus, contests, and annual concerts. Students wishing to audition for the All District/All State orchestra must be enrolled in Orchestra during the school day. Students may not audition for any group without the recommendation of the teacher of said school ensemble. All freshmen will be enrolled in the 7th hour section.

    Freshmen may be transported by bus to BSHS for this course.


    Symphonic Band
    Course #: HS0812
    Grade: 10-12
    Credits: 1 Unit
    Credit Type: Fine Art
    Prerequisite: 2 years of band/audition

    This band is co-curricular (in school and outside of school activities) and is open to students with a minimum of two years prior band class experience. All students must audition for specific band placement. Band members are required to participate in marching band and pep band activities beyond the normal school day. Students should plan to attend the three-week summer music enrichment class. Students may become members of extracurricular bands and ensembles such as Jazz Band, Pit Orchestra, Full Orchestra, All District, All State, Solo and Ensemble Contests or other special groups after auditions and/or the director’s recommendation. Students may not audition for any group without the recommendation of the band director. Students are required to be at all performances and rehearsals (including but not limited to the following: home football games, contests, parades, concerts, special events and before/after school rehearsals). Grades will be based on playing and written exams, daily participation, after/before school rehearsals, and all performances.


    Concert Choir
    Course #: HS0818
    Grade: 10-12
    Credits: 1 Unit
    Credit Type: Fine Art
    Prerequisite: Students wishing to participate in this ensemble must audition or have the permission to enroll from teacher of said school ensemble

    This is a class for serious music students interested in continuing their vocal and choral music progress. Emphasis will be on choral works of three and four parts in mixed voice choral literature. The study of techniques, terms, and theory will be emphasized. A wide variety of music and styles will be studied and performed. Required rehearsals and concert participation outside of school is included in the student’s grade.


    Music Appreciation
    Course #: HS0828
    Grade: 10-12
    Credits: .5 Unit
    Credit Type: Fine Art

    This class will include fundamentals of reading music, a study of basic forms and styles of music, a study of music history and composers, and an exploration of 20th Century trends in composition.


    Wind Symphony**
    (BSHS only)
    Course #: BS0831
    Grade: 10-12
    Credits: 1 Unit
    Credit Type: Fine Art
    Dual Credit: Seniors have the opportunity to earn 1 college credit each semester if they meet MCC guidelines and pay the MCC fee the first semester of school (MCC MUSI 105 Orchestra for first semester (1 credit) and MCC MUSI 106 Orchestra II for second semester (1 credit). A senior student taking the 2 dual credit classes will earn 1 honor point at the end of the 2nd semester. If you are a senior wanting to take orchestra for dual credit, please use course #0841
    Prerequisite: entrance by audition only

    This band is co-curricular (in school and outside of school activities) and is open to students with a minimum of two years prior band class experience. All students must audition for specific band placement. Band members are required to participate in marching band and pep band activities beyond the normal school day. Students should plan to attend the three-week summer music enrichment class. Students may become members of extracurricular bands and ensembles such as Jazz Band, Pit Orchestra, Full Orchestra, All District, All State, Solo and Ensemble Contests or other special groups after auditions and/or the director’s recommendation. Students may not audition for any group without the recommendation of the band director. Students are required to be at all performances and rehearsals (including but not limited to the following: home football games, contests, parades, concerts, special events, and before/after school rehearsals). Grades will be based on playing and written exams, daily participation, after/before school rehearsals, and all performances.


    Wind Symphony**
    (BSSHS only)
    Course #: BSS0832
    Grade: 10-12
    Credits: 1 Unit
    Credit Type: Fine Art
    Dual Credit: Possible dual credit offered through a local post-secondary institution

    Prerequisite: Entrance by audition only

    This band is co-curricular (in school and outside of school activities) and is open to students with a minimum of two years prior band class experience. All students must audition for specific band placement. Band members are required to participate in marching band and pep band activities beyond the normal school day. Students should plan to attend the three-week summer music enrichment class. Students may become members of extracurricular bands and ensembles such as Jazz Band, Pit Orchestra, Full Orchestra, All District, All State, Solo and Ensemble Contests or other special groups after auditions and/or the director’s recommendation. Students may not audition for any group without the recommendation of the band director. Students are required to be at all performances and rehearsals (including but not limited to the following: home football games, contests, parades, concerts, special events, and before/after school rehearsals). Grades will be based on playing and written exams, daily participation, after/before school rehearsals, and all performances.


    Symphonic Orchestra
    (1st Semester only)
    Course #: HS0833
    Grade: 10-12
    Credits: .5 Unit
    Credit Type: Fine Art
    Prerequisite: Audition only winds/percussionists must be enrolled and fully participating/performing members of the band while in symphonic orchestra 

    This class will include fundamentals of reading music, a study of basic forms and styles of music, a study of music history and composers, and an exploration of 20th Century trends in composition.


    Women's Emsemble
    Course #: HS0823
    Grade: 11-12
    Credits: .5 Unit
    Credit Type: Fine Art
    Prerequisite: A Cappella choir or audition/teacher permission 

    This is an auditioned choir of 16-30 members that performs the highest quality choral literature written for the smaller ensemble of treble voices. The group performs at four concerts and several festivals during the school year. Students in Women’s Ensemble are strongly encouraged to be co-enrolled in A Cappella Choir. Required rehearsals and concert participation is included in the student’s grade.


    A Cappella Choir**
    Course #: HS0822
    Grade: 10-12
    Credits: .5 Unit
    Credit Type: Fine Art
    Dual Credit: Possible dual credit offered through a local post-secondary institution
    Prerequisite: Students must audition and have teacher recommendation

    This is an auditioned choir of 60-85 members that aspire to the highest performance standards of quality choral literature. The group takes a bi-annual trip and annually performs in four other concerts and district festivals during the school year. Students wishing to audition for All District/All State choir must be enrolled in choir during the school day. Required rehearsals and concert participation outside of school is included in the student’s grade.


    AP Music Theory**
    Course #: HS0834
    Grade: 11-12
    Credits: 1 Unit
    Credit Type: Fine Art, Elective
    Dual Credit: Possible dual credit offered through a local post-secondary institution
    Prerequisite: Two years of high school vocal/instrumental ensemble participation and must be concurrently enrolled in a performance ensemble or instructor approval

    This is a rigorous course intended for the college-bound student who intends to pursue a career or advanced degree in music. The course will focus heavily on aural training skills, including rhythmic, harmonic and melodic dictation, and sight singing. An additional honor point will be earned for each semester successfully completed. All students are expected to take the AP exam and pay the examination fee.


    Chamber Choir
    Course #: HS0824
    Grade: 11-12
    Credits: .5 Unit
    Credit Type: Fine Art
    Prerequisite: Completion of A Cappella Choir or instructor approval/audition

    This is an auditioned choir of 24-30 members that performs the highest quality choral literature written for the smaller ensemble. The group performs at four concerts and several festivals during the school year. Students in Chamber Choir are strongly encouraged to be co-enrolled in A Cappella Choir. Required rehearsals and concert participation is included in the student’s grade.


    Music Theory/Technology
    Course #: HS0830
    Grade: 11-12
    Credits: .5 Unit
    Credit Type: Fine Art 

    Music Theory will introduce the student to the theoretical foundations of traditional music. Emphasis will be placed on both written music theory and aural music theory. Topics will include structure, form, composition, interval recognition (aural and written), keys, and scales. Prospective students should possess some knowledge of music fundamentals.

  • ** Students enrolling in dual credit and/or AP classes need to check with the college/university they are planning on attending regarding transferability and acceptable grades.